Arthur & John Betts
(1847 – 1867)
Arthur II and John Betts II inherited the family business at London's Royal Exchange from their father,Arthur I in 1847 and instruments with the label 'Arthur and John Betts' were made from this point until the shop closed in 1867. By this time, the family were well established as the leading London dealers of antique instruments ...Read More of the day. New instruments were supplied to the shop by a variety of London makers and are labelled and sometimes branded 'BETTS' accordingly. These were made to a range of qualities all the way from relatively inexpensive English instruments, but demand for antiqued copies of old Italian violins combined with their own access to original examples and their ability to influence the makers that they employed produced some particularly noteworthy works.
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